Japan - An Attempt At Interpretation

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Hearn lived in Japan for 15 years. He taught there and married there whilst studying the culture that fascinated him to no end. Hearn’s aim with this volume is to reveal the essentially archaic nature of Japan, of old Japan – whose roots lie in the ancestral cults of Shintoism. Which, despite the rapid modernization that took place after the Meiji Restoration is at its heart, akin to the pre-Christian worlds of ancient Greece. In his discussion of the religion and old ancestral worship of Old Japan, the name of Fustel de Coulanges is present just below the surface. In the purity of the Japanese mentality even though formed by sword edge, Hearn feels himself nearly immersed in a Grecian air of Sappho and Alcaeus.

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Patrick Lafcadio Hearn (27 June 1850 – 26 September 1904), known also by the Japanese name Koizumi Yakumo, was an international writer, known best for his books about Japan, especially his collections of Japanese legends and ghost stories. He was born in and named for the island of Lefkada, one of the Greek Ionian Islands. He worked as a reporter for the Cincinnati Daily Enquirer, working for the newspaper from 1872 to 1875. During the autumn of 1877, he left Cincinnati for New Orleans, where he lived for nearly a decade. In 1890, He went to Japan with a commission as a newspaper correspondent, which was quickly terminated. It was in Japan, however, that he found a home and his greatest inspiration.

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